Bay Ridge networking and fundraiser

Sometimes, it’s just about getting influential Brooklynites in aroom together. It is in this spirit that Carlo Scissura, Esq., BayRidge Community Council President Alexander Conti, and HomeReporter and Brooklyn Spectator co-publisher Joshua Schneps will beco-chairing a networking event at the Empty Mug at 8910 FifthAvenue in Bay Ridge on Wednesday, June 22 from 6 to 9 p.m.

When you put a lot of community activists, civic activists,civic leaders, business leaders and political representativestogether on an informal basis, it’s a good way to generate goodwill among the community, Conti explained.

Big things can also happen. The Brooklyn Chamber of Commercewas started from a group of people getting together to network,pointed out Scissura.

The event is one of a series organized by the Star NetworkingGroup, which was started by The Home Reporter and Spectator’ssister publications, the Queens Courier newspaper chain to bringtogether men and women in business. According to Schneps, theseevents serve as a vehicle to better the community and bringtogether business people to foster commerce.

The Star Networking Group also supports the community by actingas a fundraiser, Schneps said.

At the June 22 event, money will be raised for the KassenbrockMemorial Scholarship Fund, both through a 50/50 raffle and $5 ofthe $25 admission price goes to the organization.

All of which, Schneps said, gets at the heart of what his papersare about.

These networking events serve the primary purpose of the QueensCourier family of newspapers, Schneps said. Among other things,attendees will have the opportunity to meet the papers’ newpublishers.

And for those looking to maximize the evening’s potential, Contihas some tips.

Just be yourself, the community leader advised. Don’t look tocollect 100 business cards. Look for a few good quality contacts.Networking is an art.

To reserve, call 718-238-6600, extension 103, or email

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